Term 4   Week 5  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to week 5.

Congratulations to the PTFA for organising a fun social event for the adults in our school community on Saturday evening. I’m sure those who came enjoyed themselves. I know I did.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Love -Aroha

Love is a special feeling that fills your heart. You show love in a smile, a pleasant way of speaking, a thoughtful act or a hug. Love is treating people and things with special care and kindness because they mean so much to you. Love is treating other people just as you would like them to treat you -with care and respect.

We practice aroha  when we:

  • treat others as we would want them to treat us
  • say kind and loving things
  • share our thoughts and ourselves
  • show affection
  • think loving thoughts
  • take good care of the things we love

Reflection of the week

We are nearing the end of the Church’s liturgical year.

Sunday’s Gospel, like last weeks, directs our thoughts to the end of time. Last week’s focus was vigilance, this week and next week it is “rendering our account.”

God has given each of us talents, grace, a vocation in faith. It is clear from the Gospel thatwe are meant to use those talents for the good of the reign of God. The importance of the parable is that our reward, “Come be happy with me,” is not dependent on the size of our talents, but on our use of what we have been given.

Each of us is called to live our lives in a most charitable and noble way.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to the PTFA team who ran a successful fundraising Quiz night for our school on Saturday. They did an awesome job and money raised will go towards providing some new playground equipment for our students.

Thank you also to those of you who supported this.

School Notices

Health & PE Survey
Once every two years Boards of Trustees are required to consult with the parent community about the school’s health programme. The purpose of this consultation is to outline the programmes that we are delivering, and to get your feedback so that we can prioritise the health education needs of our learners.
We welcome your feedback as this allows us to develop curriculum, policies and practices that reflect the needs of learners and their families.
The link is as follows and is also on our website in the menu bar.
Please complete by Friday December 1st, 2017

Athletic Sports
Due to a clash with the road patrol end of year function we have had to move our athletic sports back a week . They will now be held on Friday, December 8.

Sports Shoes for Athletic Training
We have advised children to bring sports shoes for athletic training unless they prefer to go barefooted.

New Appointments
In 2018 we will welcome two new teachers to our school –
Helena Pedley and Davinia Penman.
You will be advised on your child’s report at the end of the year of the class and teacher your child will have next year.

Families Leaving
Class lists for next year are pretty much finalised. Please let us know if you are intending to leave our school at the end of the year.

Enrolments  2018 – 2022 
If you or your friends have preschoolers and have not enrolled them for our school please ring the office (3589727) as soon as possible.   Please do not assume that we have this information.  We would also point out that non preference placements are scarce and it pays to have their pre-enrolment as a matter of urgency.

The 2018 Year Six camp will take place at El Rancho in Waikanae from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th March.
The cost of the camp is $175 less the money raised from the chocolate fundraiser. Thanks to the PTFA for the additional donation of $1000. We would like every child to have the opportunity to attend. Please contact the office or Michael Anderson if you have any difficulties with the payment. You are able to pay in instalments. More details about the trip will be forthcoming early in 2018.

We still have a supply of sizes 4 and 6 grey summer shorts at a cost of $12 each.  Also navy woollen socks (boys) $10 pr. White polos, 3 x size 8 & 1 x size 14 @ $15 each.   Tunics $65 each.  The PE uniform is only available at the school.   Other sizes and the balance of the school uniform is sold at the Warehouse.




Friday Lunches
Pita Pit

Christmas Cookie School Fundraiser
Get behind your PTFA and go out and get as many orders as you can.
Each order reaps $5 for our school.

Orders to be into the school office by November 29th .
Samples of these cookies are on top of the fire extinguisher by Kath’s office.

Community Notices

Christmas Cakes:   Lions International
Kath is taking orders for this worthy fundraiser by the PN Middle Districts Lions Club.
Still made to a secret recipe just for the Lions Clubs of NZ by Ernest Adams.
Lions clubs support many disabled, disadvantaged and displaced people all over NZ and the world.
The cost for the un-iced Christmas cake weighing 1.2 kilos net is $20.
You can see sample in the school office.
Orders (with money) close on 17th November 9a.m. in the school office.
Delivery early December. 

Unity Singers Present    “Carols in the Cathedral”
Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North on Tuesday 5th December at 7p.m.
Admission:  Non perishable food or a donation –  for the St Vincent de Paul Food bank. 

NB:  Food/donations can also be left at the Cathedral Parish Office or at St Vinnies shop 252 Rangitikei Street.

This Weeks Photos

Tracey Wheeler telling the story of Parihaka

Communion of Saints title pages by Darrien, Keagan & Santino

Upcoming Dates

Nov 22  5.30

BOT Subs

Dec 8 9.15-11 Athletic Sports
Dec 13  7pm End of Year Mass/Graduation
Dec 14  12pm Final assembly
Feb 7 New school year begins

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